This Week’s Sales for August 22nd, 2016

Neiman Marcus

Retailer Sales/Deals

  • b-glowing
    • 20% off It Cosmetics orders $60 or more with code 20ITGIRL, ends 8/24.
    • 20% off Makeup Category orders $60 or more with code 20MAKEUP, ends 8/31.
    • 20% off GlamGlow orders $60 or more with code 20GLAMGLOW, ends 8/31.
  • bareMinerals UKGet on the beauty list and we’ll give you 10% off your next purchase, ends 1/26.
  • Beauty.comGet your sweetheart the perfect gift and get $15 off all orders over $75 with code BEAUTY15, ends 8/27.
  • Benefit (UK)Free delivery on any order over £40 at Benefit, ends 10/03.
  • Bergdorf GoodmanFree Shipping and Returns, every day, ends 10/01.
  • BH CosmeticsExtra 10% off any 10-color blush palette with code BLUSHING, ends 8/31.
  • BirchboxJoin Birchbox's email list and get 10% off your first purchase of $35+, ends 11/17.
  • Bobbi BrownGet a Mini Mask Trio + Free Shipping with a $50 Order with code MULTIMASK, ends 8/28. Enjoy 15% off your first purchase using code WELCOME15, ends 11/06.
  • CaudalieReceive a 3-pc gift with $75 purchase! Gift includes: Premier Cru Elixir 10ml, Resveratrol Lift Serum 10ml, and Vinosource SOS Serum 10ml with ode TREATME, ends 8/29.
  • City Color10% off with code TEMPTALIA, ends 12/31.
  • Clarins (UK)Clarins launches its first beauty box, the Parisienne Box, ends 8/31.
  • ClarisonicBuy any 2 devices and save 10% with code PAIRS, ends 1/01. Enjoy 10% off your next purchase when you sign up for email with Clarisonic, ends 1/01.
  • DermStoreSave $10 when you spend $75 at Dermstore.com + get free shipping with code BEAUTY10, ends 8/30.
  • Drugstore.com20% off your first order through this link, ends 8/31.
  • Gilt CityFree for members: get $30 credit towards $75+ purchase at Clarins, ends 9/03.
  • Giorgio Armani BeautySign up for the Giorgio Armani Beauty Newsletter to Receive 10% off Your First Purchase, ends 1/01.
  • GlossierFREE TOTE BAG with purchase of Phase 1 Set, ends 1/12.
  • Kate Somerville
    • Receive a complimentary Dermal Quench Liquid Lift & ExfoliKate Mini Duo, a $49 value, with any $65+ purchase using code STEP1AND2, ends 8/22.
    • Shop the EradiKate Collection and receive TWO complimentary EradiKate-To-Go Swabs with code KATETOGO, ends 8/26.
    • Customers Will Receive a Complimentary Goat Milk Trio with any $120+ Purchase, ends 8/31.
  • KIKO20% off the Beauty Games collection with code PLAY2WIN, ends 8/31.
  • Lancome20% off any order + free shipping with code FRIENDS, ends 8/27.
  • Laura Geller25% off your entire order with code AUG25, exclusions apply, ends 8/31.
  • Marcelle10% off your 1st Korean cosmetics purchase with code 101SMILES, one time use only, ends 12/31.
  • Neiman MarcusEarn up to a $300 gift card, including beauty & fragrance purchases, ends 8/23.
  • Perricone MDSave up to 50% off on Fan Favorites, plus free shipping, ends 8/25.
  • REN10% off your first order, starts 10/31 and ends 12/31.
  • Sephora
    • Receive a Smashbox24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code SPOTLIGHT, ends 8/31.
    • Choose 1 of 5 Road to Rio deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code TROPICAL, ends 9/04.
    • Choose 1 of 2 Rebel Eye deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code REBELDUO, ends 9/06.
    • Receive a FREE katespade new yorkWalk on Air Rollerball + LipglossDuo and Makeup Bag with any $25 purchase with code WALKONAIR, ends 9/09.
    • Choose 1 of 3 Urban Decay All NighterMatte Liquid Foundation deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code ALLNIGHT, ends 9/09.
    • Receive a FREE Burberry Cat Lashes Mascara deluxe sample with any $35 purchase with code CATLASH, ends 9/11.
    • Receive a FREE CLINIQUE Pep-Start HydroBlurMoisturizer mini with any $25 purchase with code HYDROBLUR, ends 9/14.
    • Receive a FREE GIVENCHY Black Tote with select Fragrance Purchase with code JET2PARIS, ends 9/16.
    • Receive a FREE Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick deluxe sample in Lolita II with any $25 purchase with code LOLITA2, ends 9/18.
    • Choose 1 of 5 New at Sephora minis with any $25 purchase with code NEWCREW, ends 9/21.
    • Receive a FREE VIB Hourglass Deluxe Sample Set with any $35 purchase with code VIBICON (VIB Only), ends 9/22.
    • Receive a FREE Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code MELTOFF, ends 9/23.
    • Receive a FREE Formula X Shine Top Coat Xcel deluxe sample with any $25 purchase with code TOPTHIS, ends 9/23.
    • Choose 1 of 3 IGK mini deluxe samples with any $25 purchase with code HAIRENVY, ends 9/25.
    • New sale items, like UD Spectrum for $29, Smashbox Double Exposure for $29, select Sephora Contour Eye Pencils (and lots more), ends 7/30.
  • ShiseidoReceive a 6-pc skincare bonus of your choice with the purchase of 2 qualifying skincare products, plus free shipping and samples on any purchase, ends 8/28.
  • shu uemuraReceive 2 FREE Deluxe Samples (maxi:hydrability gel & cream) with ALL orders with code TRYMAXI, ends 8/31.
  • shu uemura (Canada)$10 off $50+ orders or $15 off $75+ orders with code WEEKEND, ends 8/22.
  • Skinstore.com
    • 18% off with $79+ orders, 20% off with $99+ orders, 25% off with $199+ orders with code WINNER, ends 8/22.
    • 20% off site wide with code SAVE20, ends 8/23.
    • 20% off purchase of one beauty essential, 25% off purchase of two or more beauty essentials, full list here, ends 9/05.
  • StilaFree Stila Deluxe HUGE Mascara with all $30+ Orders, ends 8/26.
  • TatchaReceive a FREE travel size Firming Serum with your purchase of $100+, ends 8/28. Receive a complimentary Tatcha cosmetic pouch with your purchase of 3 travel-sized treasures, ends 3/31.
  • The Body Shop40% off sitewide, ends 8/29.
  • TriaTake Up to 15% off with the Tria Beauty Olympic Buy More, Save More event, ends 9/13.
  • UltaPlatinum Perk - 5x points on all purchases, 10x points on select items/categories (list here), activate bonuses here, ends 8/22.
  • Walgreens15% OFF Orders $40+ with code 15HAPPYHEALTHY, ends 8/26. 25% off La Roche-Posay items here, ends 8/30.
Thanks to Dianne for today's question!

What’s been your go-to primer and foundation combination?

I don’t usually wear primer (it’s unnecessary for my needs), but if I do, I go for Too Faced Hangover RX with Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation. I have normal-to-dry skin and don’t like to touch-up. Usually if I wear primer, I’ll also use a setting powder and spray (currently, Laura Mercier Loose Setting and Clarins Fix’n Makeup).
-- Christine

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Kat Von D Project Chimps Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Project Chimps Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Project Chimps Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “rusty red.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm, brownish undertones and a matte finish. MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). NARS VIP Red (P, $28.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (LE, $25.00) is brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Chula (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Temper (DC, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula is supposed to be long-wearing, have full coverage, and be ultra-matte. This particular shade was created as a limited edition charity shade that will raise money for Project Chimps; 20% of the retail price will benefit the non-profit. The shade launches on August 23rd. Of all the liquid lipsticks on the market, this is definitely one of my favorite formulas, because it’s more comfortable due to the flexible nature of the color. It retains the ultra-matte, transfer-free finish of liquid lipsticks while allowing my lips to move and smile without cracking or tightness. Project Chimps was consistent with past shades, which were true to claims: it had nearly opaque coverage, thin but smooth, spread well across the lips, and lasted for over eight hours (including through meals). It was very slightly drying after six hours of wear.

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Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Project Chimps
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
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97%

Community Faves | August 14th through August 20th

Here’s a look at our community’s favorites from the past week! 🙂 Any new favorites that you discovered this week?

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01. NARS Kate

NARS Kate Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium purple with warm, pink undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. Read full review.

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02. NARS Mona

NARS Mona Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark brick red with warm undertones and a creamy finish. Read full review.

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03. NARS Apoline

NARS Apoline Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm, rosy undertones and a satin sheen. Read full review.

Most Wanted Products

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01. NARS Apoline

NARS Apoline Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm, rosy undertones and a satin sheen. Read full review.

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02. NARS Kate

NARS Kate Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium purple with warm, pink undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. Read full review.

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03. NARS Stefania

NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, magenta fuchsia with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

Most Loved Looks

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer, Foundation, Precision Powder, Setting Powder Brushes Reviews & Photos

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Brush

Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush ($24.00) is supposed to blend out under eye concealer and help apply concealer onto blemishes. It is a medium-sized under eye/concealer brush that is dense and thicker than the average brush, and it has a triangular taper on the wider edge, which is what enables it to fit well underneath the eye and along the edge of the nose (by the eye area). The edge is a few millimeters in width, and this is the best aspect of the brush, I think, as it manages blending and diffusing of the under eye concealer up to the lash line without streaking over any eyeliner, as you can get a very soft, gradual edge that meets the eyeliner instead (for those who apply their eye makeup first).

The brush head is 14.50mm in width, 15.00mm in length, and 8.50 mm in thickness. The brush had a total length of 7.00 inches / 18.00 centimeters. It is made out of synthetic bristles and has a glossy black, acrylic handle with a thick ferrule that tapers to a fine point at the end and carries more weight toward the brush head. I find the composition of the Lock-It brushes to have an uneven weight distribution, but it is only noticeable during application with the larger brushes and less so with this one. The greater density makes it harder to clean than some brushes, but it doesn’t take much time nor does it take an extraordinarily long time to dry. The bristles are silky, smooth, and never feel rough or harsh in any direction. It worked well for evenly distributing and spreading out under eye concealer (both liquids and creams) without causing the concealer to become streaky, but it did seem to soak up a fair amount of product and would need to be cleaned each use, if used as an applicator as well as blending tool. I tended to favor it more for blending out concealer, which I tend to dab and spread with whatever brush I’ve used for liquid foundation, to get the concealer closer to the lash line and diffuse it softly along the edges so there are no obvious lines.

Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush ($34.00) is meant for applying and blending liquid and cream foundations while getting into the contours of the face. It’s a medium-large-sized liquid foundation brush that is rectangular in overall shape with edges that flare outwards from the ferrule. What makes it a more interesting brush shape is that the wider side of the brush comes out and then has a triangular wedge or dent that goes in and gives it a more pyramid-like shape. It is similar to the Concealer brush, but the indentation and shape are more noticeable and distinct in the foundation brush.

The brush head is 35.00mm in width, 26.00mm in length, and 21.00mm in thickness. The brush had a total length of 7.50 inches / 19.00 centimeters. The brush uses synthetic fibers and a glossy black, acrylic handle that has significant weighting toward the ferrule and brush head, so it feels top-heavy in my hand compared to the average brush (this is one of the few things I wasn’t keen on). It is a dense brush, which I tended to double-cleanse to bring it back the white bristles, but the drying time seemed average. The fibers felt soft, smooth, and silky against the skin, and it could be used in all directions, but it is a brush that is best suited for those who apply their foundation in downward, outward, or upward strokes, rather than in circular or buffing motions. It does a good job of spreading foundation and evening out liquid and cream formulas.

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Kat Von D   Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush
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13
Fitness
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Durability
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Construction
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Kat Von D   Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush
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14
Fitness
15
Durability
5
Construction
4
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95%
Kat Von D   Lock-It Precision Powder Brush
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Product
13
Fitness
13
Durability
5
Construction
4
Total
88%
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MAC No Interruptions, Soft Hint, Designer Blue Lipsticks

MAC Lipstick

MAC No Interruptions Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, yellow gold with a metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It performed more like a Lustre than a Frost–it was sheer, though it packed plenty of shimmer on the lips and lasted a mere two hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating, which given the rest, is really a positive point. I think it is absolutely workable on its own, as it just adds a more frosted finish to your natural lip color, but it would also work layered over other lip products. MAC Liquid Lurex (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Spoiled Fabulous (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tanarama (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rory (LE, $35.00) is lighter, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) (LE, $37.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Playland (LE, $17.00) is more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Soft Hint Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, bluish-green with a metallic shimmer. It is almost more of a duochrome, layering kind of color, as it shifts from a warmer green to a cooler, more aqua-leaning blue. It had chunkier shimmer that would sometimes cling to itself, which created larger chunks on the lips that could be felt if I pressed my lips together. It applied evenly for the most part, though it was semi-sheer at best. It lasted for three hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. (Unfortunately, MAC did not indicate this was a sheer shade.) Bite Beauty Opal (LE, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Designer Blue Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark navy blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It appeared lighter and warmer swatched, but it seemed to darken slightly after it was applied. It had semi-opaque color coverage that did not apply evenly; it was patchy and streaky, so this is a shade that needs a lip primer or lip liner underneath it to have a decent result. The color lasted for four and a half hours, was neither drying nor hydrating, and left a purplish stain behind. Anastasia Paint (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is available in several finishes, and the performance tends to vary with the finish. Amplified, Satins, and Mattes tend to have the most pigmentation, longer-wear, and more even coverage, but satins and mattes can be drying at times. Lustres are the sheerest, can sometimes be drying, and often wear only an hour or two as they have a lot of slip. Frosts vary from medium to opaque coverage, some shimmer to glitter, and wear an average of four hours. Cremesheens have more slip and medium or better coverage, but they can often settle into lip lines or look streaky if they are lighter in color. All of MAC’s lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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MAC Lipstick No Interruptions
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Product
6
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
69%
MAC Lipstick Soft Hint
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
69%
MAC Lipstick Designer Blue
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Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9
Application
3
Total
78%